A set of twelve silver gilded vodka cups decorated with cloisonné enamel, height 4.2 cm, Grachev Brothers, St. Petersburg, circa 1890.
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Jewelry house of the Grachev brothers

Silver gilded service Russian Imperial gift, decorated with cloisonne enamel, Grachev Brothers firm, St. Petersburg, 1895
Silver gilded service Russian Imperial gift, decorated with cloisonne enamel, Grachev Brothers firm, St. Petersburg, 1895

The jewelry house of the Grachev brothers was famous for its products in the Art Nouveau and Neo-Russian styles. The company produced silverware decorated with embossing, engraving, cast sculpture, as well as silver items decorated with enamel. The craftsmen used both the traditional filigree enamel technique and champlevé, stained glass and guilloché enamel.

The jewelry workshop of the Grachevs was created by Gavriil Grachev. Unfortunately, he passed away very early, and his business was inherited by eight sons. A small workshop by 1895 became a factory, one of the brothers – Mikhail Grachev – was appointed a full-time appraiser of the Imperial Cabinet. The Grachev Jewelry House became the supplier of the Imperial Court and remained so until 1917.

Leather cigar box with a silver frame decorated with enamel, Grachev Brothers, St. Petersburg, 1902
Leather cigar box with a silver frame decorated with enamel, 1902.
Silver gilded oval tazza decorated with cloisonné enamel, width 18 cm, Grachev Brothers firm, St. Petersburg, circa 1885
Silver gilded oval tazza decorated with cloisonné enamel, width 18 cm, circa 1885.
A set of gilded silver spoons decorated with guilloché enamel, Grachev Brothers firm, St. Petersburg, circa 1910
A set of gilded silver spoons decorated with guilloché enamel, circa 1910.
Silver gilded vase decorated with cloisonné enamel, Grachev Brothers firm, Moscow, circa 1890.
Silver gilded vase, cloisonné enamel, Moscow, circa 1890.
Silver bowl decorated with cloisonné enamel, diameter 7.3 cm, Grachev Brothers, St. Petersburg, 1882
Silver bowl decorated with cloisonné enamel, diameter 7.3 cm, 1882.
A set of twelve silver gilded vodka cups decorated with cloisonné enamel, height 4.2 cm, Grachev Brothers, St. Petersburg, circa 1890.
A set of twelve silver gilded vodka cups decorated with cloisonné enamel, height 4.2 cm, circa 1890.
Silver gilded goblet, decorated with champlevé enamel, height 15.2 cm, Grachev Brothers firm, St. Petersburg, 1890
Silver gilded goblet, decorated with champlevé enamel, height 15.2 cm, St. Petersburg, 1890
cigarette case and amber-silver mouthpiece, decorated with champlevé enamel, length 12.2 cm, Grachev Brothers, St. Petersburg, circa 1890
cigarette case and amber-silver mouthpiece, champlevé enamel, length 12.2 cm, St. Petersburg, circa 1890
inkpot decorated with champlevé and stained glass Plique-à-Jour enamel, height 9 cm, Grachev Brothers, St. Petersburg, circa 1895
inkpot decorated with champlevé and stained glass Plique-à-Jour enamel, height 9 cm, St. Petersburg, circa 1895.
coaster, decorated with cloisonné enamel, height 9.5 cm, Grachev Brothers, St. Petersburg, circa 1890
coaster, decorated with cloisonné enamel, height 9.5 cm, St. Petersburg, circa 1890.
A pair of glass salt shakers, in a gilded silver frame in the form of baskets with decor in the form of figures of bears in muzzles and chains, height 10 cm, Grachev Brothers, St. Petersburg, 1889
A pair of glass salt shakers, in a gilded silver frame in the form of baskets with decor in the form of figures of bears in muzzles and chains, height 10 cm, St. Petersburg, 1889.
Silver teapot decorated with Russian-style enamel, height 17 cm, Grachev Brothers, St. Petersburg, 1880
Silver teapot decorated with Russian-style enamel, height 17 cm, St. Petersburg, 1880
Silver plate for bread in the form of a wicker basket and a pair of stacks, Grachev Brothers, St. Petersburg, 1890
Silver plate for bread in the form of a wicker basket and a pair of stacks, St. Petersburg, 1890
A set of silver gilded coasters in the style of Trompe l'Oeil in the form of bast-woven boxes with spoons, a strainer and tongs, the Grachev Brothers firm, St. Petersburg, 1894.
A set of silver gilded coasters in the style of Trompe l’Oeil in the form of bast-woven boxes with spoons, a strainer and tongs, St. Petersburg, 1894.
Silver ice bucket in the form of a wooden tub with the image of a Russian troika, the Grachev Brothers firm, St. Petersburg, 1899-1908.
Silver ice bucket in the form of a wooden tub with the image of a Russian troika, St. Petersburg, 1899-1908.
Vodka service with a decanter and ten glasses, Grachev Brothers, St. Petersburg, 1899-1908.
Vodka service with a decanter and ten glasses, St. Petersburg, 1899-1908.
Silver bowl in the form of a shell on legs in the form of water lily leaves, length 36 32 cm, Grachev Brothers, St. Petersburg, 1895
Silver bowl in the form of a shell on legs in the form of water lily leaves, length 36 32 cm, St. Petersburg, 1895.